Melrose on the Move: Revitalizing the Knoll

Flags fly above the newly renovated World War I monument at the Knoll

Flags fly above the newly renovated World War I monument at the Knoll

This is the first of a series of blog posts about the initiatives I announced in my Inaugural Address.

Together with our Veteran Services Director, Ryan McLane, and the Veterans Services Advisory Board, we plan to continue the rehabilitation of the Knoll in order to create a central veterans’ monument for the whole City.

World War II veteran Francis Moulaison stands at the monument honoring those who died in the Korean War, including his brother, Robert

World War II veteran Francis Moulaison stands at the monument honoring those who died in the Korean War, including his brother, Robert

The revitalization and rededication of the Knoll began in 2013, when, thanks to a community-wide effort, we were able to clear out dying trees and a decaying brick stairway, add irrigation, and provide a proper World War I memorial honoring the 32 Melrosians who lost their lives in that conflict, at the front of the Knoll.

This effort continued last year as the capstone of Operation Remember, a year-long tribute to the Korean War era veteran. A veteran town meeting vote selected the Knoll as the location for the city’s first exclusively dedicated Korean War monument. This installation furthered the process of creating a beautiful space in the city for veterans to remember and residents to honor.

The next phase, which begins this year, will include adding a World War II monument between the World War I and Korean War monuments, and beginning the landscaping of the top of the Knoll to create a Gold Star reflection area. As with the first phases, these projects are being accomplished with a mix of private donations and City money. The overall goal of the revitalization is to tie all of the components together to ensure the Knoll remains a place for respect, honor, and remembrance for generations to come.

We will announce more details later in the spring.

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